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the reality of the recession. our ali velshi is taking the pulse of america in the heartland. ththththththththththth >>> sarah palin detailing her claims about so-called death pams in a health care overall. we are back with jessica yellin who is going to give us some background. >>> somebody somebody stepped down as governor but that has not stopped her from jumping first into the health care debate. last night, she was at it again posting on facebook what looked like a term paper complete with 11 foot notes. she is quoting statements about rationed care by left-winging columnists and democrats. she was defending a claim she made last week that if health care reform passes, her parents or baby would be required to, quote, stand in front of obama's death panel so his bureaucrats can decide whether they are worthy of health care. fact check? not true. there is no panel that would decide whether the weak live or die. even some of palin's republican colleagues are slamming her for promoting a rumor that they call nuts and they say will, quote, begin gin up fear. she is referring
, small businesses are the engine of economic growth in america. there's no mandate in the bill that requires those that have a payroll of up to now over $500,000 to provide health insurance and pay at least 72% of it. and if you don't, there's an 8% tax on that payroll. the this is going to raise the cost of employment. leave their employees no choice but to go to the government option. >> let me ask you this question. i just got to the core of what's called this public option. this government option. a government-run insurance company, if you will, to compete with the private insurance companies. are you afraid that these private insurance companies, whether blue cross/blue shield, united health care, whatever, can't compete with a government-run insurance company? >> wolf, nobody in the private sector can compete with the government. and that's because there's no cost of capital. the government sets the rules. the government sets the prices. and so you can't compete. you can't win. it's 1,018 pages. that ought to be enough to tell you that this is a giant government bureaucra
. >> keep in mind the longer unemployment is relatively high in america the more illegal immigrants go back to countries, at least those who can move over land. people from mexico, central america, south america are leaving because of our jobs. >> quickly on dick durbin yesterday, saying this to our john king. listen to this. >> i support a public option, but yes, i am open. just understand that after we pass this bill, and i hope we do in the senate, it will go to conference committee, we'll have a chance to work out all our differences. so, we'll see how this ends. but i don't want the process to be filibustered to failure. >> is that realistic that if the house passes health insurance reform with a public option, a government-run insurance agency to compete with the private insurance company, the senate does it, when they get together and try to have their conference committee, they will get that public option? >>> i hope so, wolf, simply because -- >> i know you hope so, but is that realistic? >> well, i think so because four out of five committees are supportive. >> in the house. >> an
for america. it's not good for this debate. it's a distraction. >> reporter: georgia congressman david scott says his staff found the swastika painted on the sign tuesday morning. he says his office has received offensive faxes. police are now looking into it. >> you want a meeting with me on health care? i'll give it to you. >> reporter: scott says he believes it's a result of the heated health care debate. a meeting that he had with a local doctor has been featured on local television and cnn. he also thinki s that some of t protests at town hall meetings have been far from spontaneous. >> i think they've been organized. they have a right to do it. this is america. this is rough and tumble. that's what we're here for. so, there's no problem with this. but this is something else. >> reporter: another congressman, brian baird, in washington state has canceled public meetings after he said he received death threats. scott says he believes the president needs to be the one to step up and keep this heated debate from crossing the line. >> i think he has to really speak strongly to tamper this d
america's servicemen and women front and center speaking at the convention in phoenix and vowing more money and help for vets struggling to deal with life after combat. let's go to our senior white house correspondent, ed henry. what was the president's basic message to the vets? >> reporter: urging more patience in afghanistan, a war that has been going almost eight years, the president telling me that the fighting is fierce, that the u.s. will not defeat the tlaliban overnight. out here on the streets of the convention center, some of the groups that used to stalk president bush about the war in iraq are beating up on president obama, claiming he's escalated the war. interesting, as well, mr. obama defended his strategy by taking a page out of the bush playbook, and that's not sitting well with all veterans here. some say they want more details from this president about his strategy. >> this is not a war of choice. this is a war of necessity. those who attacked america on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. if left unchecked, the taliban insurgency are will mean an even larger safe ha
a wonderful thing for america. >> i think obviously you come in, democrats and republicans, you commend them for getting her hopefully confirmed. >> and with this historic hope, the senate has affirmed that judge sotomayor has the intellect, the temperament, the history, the integrity, and the independence of mind to ably serve on our nation's highest court. this is a role that the senate has played for more than two centuries, helping ensure that equal justice under the law is not merely a phrase enscribed above our courthouse door but a description of what happens every single day inside the courtroom. >> reporter: after the president made his short remarks, a reporter shouted at him that he was happy with the 68 votes, and he said, quote, i'm very happy. a handful of republicans did come on board, but this was strictly along party lines. certainly, the white house would have loved to have seen a bigger bipartisan effort here, wolf. i talked a few days ago to a senior administration official to get their take on this second hundred days, what stood out in this individual's mind, and immedi
a tough time for the families in colorado and all across america. i just want to rewind the clock a little bit, because sometimes people have forgotten what's transpired over the last seven, eight months. just six months ago, we were in the middle of the worst recession of our lifetimes. we were losing about 700,000 jobs each month. economists from the left and the right, liberals and conservatives, feared the second coming of the great depression. i don't know if everybody remembers that, that was six months ago. that's why we acted as fast as we could to pass a recovery plan to stop the free fall. and there's been a lot of misinformation about that so let me just talk briefly about what it is that we did. the recovery plan was divided into three parts. one-third of the money, one-third of the money in the recovery act, the stimulus plan, went to tax cuts that are already showing up in the paychecks of nearly 2 million working families in colorado, including right here in grand junction. [ applause ] so i just want everybody to be clear, one-third of it, tax cuts, not tax increases. more
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crash, and rumors of substance abuse and marital problems. here's the question -- why did america remain fascinated with the kennedy brothers for more than 50 years? go to and post a comment on my blog. it truly is, wolf, a story unlike any other in american politics. >> yeah. you're absolutely right. it's the end of an era with his passing. >> yeah. none of the ensuing generation has matched the -- moez brothers for impact, for popularity, for charis charisma, for any of those things we remember john and bobby and ted for. >> let's not forget joe, the oldest brother, a hero during world war ii. he got killed in a plane crash, a dangerous bombing mission over europe. >> yeah. i mentioned that, but we didn't get a chance to know him like we got to know the others p. >> a good question, jack. we'll get back to you. >>> senator kennedy's life almost ended decades before this. as jack mentioned, he was seriously hurt in a plane crash. his friend and former senate colleague is here to talk about the accident they survived together. >>> plus, unique insight into senator ke
hall marketplace area where so many critical events in the birth of the united states of america took place. of course, the kennedy family, because of its rich political history and, again, rose kennedy's dad was the mayor of boston at one point, he wanted very much to go right into the heart of the city that for so many re-elections in his 47 years as a senator from this state were the central parts of the city, the highest democratic turnout right here in the center of the city of boston. >> and we're seeing the live picture of the hearse grinding its way through the streets of boston. you can see people lining the streets, trying to get a glimpse of the hearse and they're also trying to get a glimpse of the family, the motorcycles paving the way for this motorcade as it makes its way to where you are at the john f. kennedy library. what do you guess, john, between the time it reaches faneuil hall and we hear those 47 bells, how long will it take to get from there to the library? >> reporter: well, he could get here with the police escort in just a matter of minutes, wolf. the quest
situation room." >>> lots of america's families are visiting the country's national parks this summer but the first family will see two of them in the next two days. tomorrow, the president, the first lady and the two daughters visit yellowstone national park and on sunday the grand canyon. those parks and otherins are getting hundreds of millions of dollars from the stimulus package. kate bolduan is watching it unfold. what are you finding out about the actual money? >> wolf, this weekend the spotlight is definitely on the country's national parks, and we're taking a look at the $750 million in stimulus money heading their way. we visited one park just outside washington that's getting about $5.5 million for things like road repair and rehab on some historic cabins. other projects include millions for repairs like the lincoln memorial reflecting pool and millions more for solar power installation and trail improvements. 800 projects in all nationwide. we also had the chance today to talk to the acting director of the national park service. how is money for the national parks helping?
thinks the people proetsdsing are, quote, not necessarily representative of america, but he thinks they should be heard. president obama and the democrats seem to face an increasingly uphill battle with selling health care reform to a skeptical public. people don't know what's in these bills because the democrats haven't done a good job of explaining that to us. for his part, the president's urging people to ignore those who are trying to scare and mislead the public. obama says what's truly scary is if we do nothing. but the public is pretty split on this, and there are a few more nays than yays. a new gallup poll shows more americans disapprove than approve of the way the president's handling health care reform by a margin of 49% to 43%. and what's interesting here is these numbers are virtually unchanged from three weeks ago before the administration stepped up its effort to win support and before all the anger boiled over at these town hall meetings. so, here's the question. go to you can post a comment on my blog. >> one of the problems, jack, and i don't
track of the town hall and health care debate. what it might mean for you. health care in america check facts, stats, read the blogs, it is all at care. we are in new york. jack, good to see you again. i promised i would. >> like wise. keet getting together like this until they catch on. eric holder has named a chief investigation officer. it coincides with the release of the inspector general's report of tactics that included water boarding, staging mock executions and threatening suspects with guns, power drills, and the safety of their families. i mentioned moving detainees to prisons in countries where torture is allowed. a redakted version of this report was released but clearly the retails were in the redakted sections. this all is happening as president obama announced a change in intelligence gathering, shifting responsibility for terrorism investigations to the fbi and away from the cia. former vice president dick cheney has said all along this report would prove that interrogation tactics were successful in obtaining useful information from detainees that preven
generation of battery technologies, all made right here in the u.s. of a. right here in america. >> reporter: the mayor insists stimulus money spent around the country is trickling down to his city as people are starting to buy rvs again. >> it isn't an elkhart, indiana, stimulus program or a state of indiana stimulus program. it's a stimulus program for united states of america. so, when you talk about how the money flows, somebody gets money in california and one of our factories supplies parts to that company in california, we benefit for from it. >> reporter: back at the rv lot, rob reed agrees sales have picked up, and so has his outlook. >> i always feel optimistic because if you start to feel it, then your customers will feel it. we're optimistic no matter what happens because we don't want the economy or the doldrums of elkhart right now to set the tone for our business. >> reporter: unemployment has gotten better here, dipping from 19% to about 16%, but that's still far above the national average of 9.5%, and that's why republicans back in washington are charging that the stimulus m
to bite him? also, terror suspects in america's heartland. could guantanamo detainees wind up in kansas or michigan? controversy grows as the administration struggles to figure out an end game for the notorious camp. >>> and the white house said to have to twist arms to get some television networks to air the president's most recent prime-time news conference. his fourth since taking office. howard kurtz of our "reliable sources" is here with the inside story. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics, and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> a massive deficit, a giant stimulus package, bailouts and how a health care overhaul. how does the country pay for all of this? during the campaign, candidate obama promised it wouldn't be with new taxes on the middle class, but two of the top economic officials now appear to be leaving the door open. cnn white house correspondent dan lothian joins us. and, dan, obviously, there was a lot of back and forth we saw in that briefing today. what was th
and an application for prisoner transfer was put in by the libyan government. the buck as you would say in america stops with me. i made that decision following the due process and living up to the values that we possess in scotland. many will disagree, many do agree. i know that it divides opinion in the world as it divides opinion in the family, but my responsibility was to make that decision and i did so on the basis that in scotland we want justice done, but we want compassion possessed and capable of being ensured. two wrongs never make a right. kenny mccaskill, thank you joining us. we're going to get reaction from the interview you just heard. >>> and why did the cia hire a private firm to hunt down and kill al qaeda leaders. naing onon ud r. weotototatatininci on us cars for everybody anont cfidedence ininin o. caususususlendnds s ve a a a t tcks. ququq n . >>> rabbi stephanie bernstein's brother was killed. >> my first reaction was to think back to an expression my grandmother had was who do you think you are? how dare he speak with such self righteousness. i thought his speech
they want reform, just done their way. they'll be making that point on the airwaves. >> we're america's health insurance companies, supporting bipartisan reforms. >> reporter: and on conference calls with reporters. >> the same old washington politics of find an enemy and go to war is a major step back. >> reporter: and they'll be arguing their case at town hall meetings across the country. >> we're moving to making sure the american people in august know outside the beltway that we are for reform and what those reforms are. >> reporter: the insurance industry has said they will support new rules, making it impossible to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition. or to base pricing on a person's gender. but what they do not support is a government-run insurance option. they say that would be devastating to their business. jessica yellin, cnn, washington. >> one aspect of the health care industry that's virtually lost in the debate, and ignoring it could tack on billions and billions of dollars to health care costs. our senior correspondent allan chernoff is here with more on t
in america website. you can check back on statistics, read the blogs, see the videos, all at >>> well, we are getting word of breaking news in the death of michael jackson. court documents revealing what was found in his blood. >>> also, killer waves strike the u.s. east coast. details and images from our i-reporters of dramatic rescues. >>> plus, the hugely popular cash for clunkers trade-in program. tom. now, i know the catering business but when i walked in here i wasn't sure what i needed. i'm not sure what i need. tom showed me how to use mifi to get my whole team working online, on location. i was like, "woah". woah ! only verizon wireless has small business specialists in every store to help you do business better. you're like my secret ingredient. come in today and connect up to five devices on one 3g connection. now only $99.99 what's in it for me? i'm not looking for a bailout, just a good paying job. that's why i like this clean energy idea. now that works for our whole family. for the kids, a better environment. for my wife, who commutes, no more g
't be so bad if this breadwinner brought home a little more bread. repower america. i hope our senators are listening. >>> possibility that the obama administrati administrationmay, repeat may, be a i been a donned a so-called public option is outraging a lot of the president's most assertive supporters, talk about that and more with democratic congressman elliot engel of new york. congressman, thanks for coming n. >> my pleasure, wolf, thank you. >> may have noticed your hometown newspaper, the new york post with a headline on the cover today saying, sellout, as obama caves on health plan s this a sellout by the president if, and still a big if, if he abandons in the final legislation what is called the public option? >> well, still a big if, i notice that the president said that he still supports the public option and nothing is changed. i know the secretary had mentioned the possibility of there not being a public option. look, many of us and myself included, i'm on the energy and commerce committee, i'm the senior new yorker on the committee, i support the public option. the final b
in this morning as america's 111th supreme court justice. chief justice john roberts administered the oath during a public ceremony in the high court's conference room. it was the first time the court has allowed it tv coverage of the ceremony. >>> and in new york's spanish harlem, there was an enthusiastic viewing party. listen. sonia sotomayor is the first hispanic supreme court justice in u.s. history and only the third woman to serve on the nation's highest court. coming in kt organization cnn will present latino in america, a look at how hispanics are reshaping politics, business, schools and culture. only on cnn coming this october. >>> evil can't function any other way than in the dark. those are the words from the priest who conducted betsy began non's funeral came outside pittsburgh. mean time vigils were held this week for began non, overnir and bill linksly, all shot to death at an area gym. nine others were wounded. witnesses say dwornlg sodini walked in to a room inside the gym, shut off the lights an started shooting. he then killed himself. overmire's funeral also took place this m
not mean america has put more trust in the republicans. only 21% of the people questioned in an nbc news poll approve of how congressional republicans are handling health care. 6 in 10 give them a numbs down. looks like health care is not a winner for politicians in either party. >> it's going to be an important source of discussion for weeks and months presumably to come, jessica. thank you. >>> a top "new york times" columnist says president obama has a trust problem. is he right? let's discuss that and more in our "strategy session." democratic strategist jamal similar mons with the raven group. newt gingrich's former press secretary tony blankley. thanks for coming in. did i say raven right? edelman? >> you got it. >> i knew that. let me read what paul krugman, the nobel prize-winning columnist for "the new york times" writes today. >> pretty strong words. >> those are strong words. but i would argue that he's falsely going after republican votes. people cast him as republican, but what he was really going after were conservative and moderate voters. and some of those people are repr
, it wouldn't be so bad if this breadwinner brought home a little more bread. repower america. i hope our senators are listening. >>> firefighters are battling a fast-moving wildfire that's threatening some 250 homes near santa cruz, california. 600 have been forced to evacuate and authorities say high winds have tripled the size of the fire in just a few hours. let's go to our meteorologist chad myers, who's watching this. how bad is it, chad? >> you know what, it's just growing now because the firefighters are having a very hard time getting into this difficult the terrain just south of san francisco. there's san jose. i'll make this a lot bigger for you. this is monterey bay here, and this is the fire. in fact, satellite can pick up hotspots on the earth, and that's what this satellite right here is seeing. so, what kind of conditions are we seeing basically at this point? the winds are still gusting. they were gusting yesterday afternoon. they died off last night. they were good this morning, like five miles per hour. but now they are coming back. so, there you go. that's 12 miles per
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america. you can see a sikorski coming through and it's going to fill up with roughly 2,000 gallons of water, bring a supply of water, bring it right back into the hill and do the very best they can to distribute the water. we'll even have some video of the battle waging above in the clouds. we're talking about just intense heat, thick, thick smoke, very poor visibility. in fact, if we had had some stronger winds at the surface, the smoke would not be hanging around quite as much. visibility would be a little bit easier and an easier job for the pilots to drop the payload of fuel or flame retardant or perhaps that water right where it's needed. unfortunately, they are going to stay up just until sundown. once sundown comes obviously visibility will be limited. they really can't do a lot of work up there in terms of the air, but they will be battling the blaze through tonight, through tomorrow, as long as it takes. think of it, only 5% contained at this time. they certainly have their work cut out for them. suzanne? >> reynolds wolf, thank you very much. i want to go to california go
as automatically as everything else? at bank of america, it practically does. use the bankamericard power rewards visa credit card and earn rewards like cash back with every purchase. cash you can put into savings. or even use to help pay down your credit card balance. it's one of the many ways we make saving money in tough times a whole lot easier. >>> following this breaking news story, developments over the last hour or some the two american journalists who were held in north korea, they have been pardoned after their sentence for 12 years of hard labor in pyongyang this facilitated by former president bill clinton who is there, who met with north korean officials, including kim jong-il, their leader. we are watching north korean television, these are bars here, waiting to see the fresh pictures, new pictures, what is come out of the region, out of the country there how quickly, how soon these journalists will be released, how soon we will see the former president as well as kim jong-il. obviously, a very important and fast-developing story and we will bring any news that we have as soon as it
the problem with health care in america. doctors have to prescribe these drugs because they don't want to be sued for not doing so, even if the patient doesn't need them. the companies are happy because they make money. insurance covers it because they too make money. and the patient, he doesn't know any better. most people on antidepressants don't need them. it's all a scam. h. writes, i've taken antidepressants off and on for after 30 years after suffering postpartum depression. i talked about my feelings to psychiatrists until we were all blue in the face, but nothing has helped except medication. i've led a normal, productive life thanks to these meds. i know they're overprescribed, but for some of us, they are a lifesaver. matthew says it means we should not allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise. let the doctors tell us what we need, not those who are just trying to make a product. and thaddeus in milwaukee says, it means 10% of us are nuts. i thought the number would be much higher. if you didn't see your e-mail here, go to my blog at and look for yours
want to move to another important story we're following right now. america's farewell to senator edward kennedy. thousands of people have been filing past senator kennedy's flag-draped coffin over the past two days. soon his family and close friends will get together for an opportunity to celebrate his life. we're counting down to that celebration later tonight. let's go out to our chief national correspondent, john king, over at the jfk presidential library and museum. john, set the stage for us right now, because just a little while ago they stopped allowing people going through to pay their respects and to actually see the coffin. >> reporter: exactly right, wolf. we are waiting now for tonight's invitation-only event, which essentially would be a celebration of senator kennedy's life, his close friends and family members taking time to speak over the course of two hours. let me look back at the extraordinary events of the last two days. between 45,000 and 50,000 people, the kennedy family tells us, came to pay respects to senator kennedy during the public opening here. they lined up
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